The current ICO frenzy has attracted unwanted elements in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. With an ICO happening every day, it’s imperative to be able to differentiate between a good opportunity and a scam.
Lack of open team profiles: If an ICO doesn’t provide social profiles of the team members, it’s quite likely to be a scam. Try to find a team that has at least one member having a successful crypto project under his/her belt.
Compromised or missing escrow: Absence of an escrow account is the biggest red flag to look out for. Similarly, if an escrow releases 100% funds to the project team after ICO, it’s a bad escrow, and should be considered as a red flag. Fund releasing should happen gradually such as 20% after token distribution, 40% after beta release, and similar milestones.
No technical details in the whitepaper: If an ICO promises to disrupt an established industry without providing any technical or operational details, it qualifies as a scam. Good whitepapers have charts, calculations, specifications, and even code at times.
Unrealistic goals: If an ICO makes bold claims without an economic plan or roadmap to support it, it’s best to avoid investing. Further, even if the team has offered a roadmap, you have to do your own research and judge the feasibility of the project.
Missing code repository: This is another sure shot method to spotting an ICO scam. If the company is unwilling to release its code to public repositories such as Github, avoid the ICO altogether.
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